Bacterial scientist recognised with prestigious Fellowship

Posted by egg3 at Jul 06, 2015 01:24 PM |
Leicester Professor honoured by Learned Society of Wales

A University scientist has been honoured by the Learned Society of Wales for his considerable work in medical science.

Professor Peter Andrew, Head of the Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, has been elected to Fellowship of the Society, a distinction which recognises the excellence and achievement in an academic discipline of persons of Welsh birth or who are resident in Wales.

Professor Andrew is an international leader in research into diseases caused by the human pathogen, Streptococcus pneumoniae. His research has made breakthrough discoveries in vaccine development, anti-infectives and the understanding of susceptibility to S. pneumoniae infections and how the bacterium causes disease. Forty six students have obtained a PhD under his supervision, resulting in successful careers in academia, industry, government and education.

Professor Andrew is one of forty new Fellows to be elected this year.

The Learned Society of Wales was established in May 2010 to demonstrate, celebrate and disseminate the excellence of Welsh research and scholarship. Election to Fellowship of the Society is a public recognition of academic excellence, and Fellows help to promote awareness of how the sciences and the arts, humanities and social sciences can benefit society.

Professor Andrew said: “I am thrilled to have been elected as a Fellow of such a prestigious organisation from my native country and for the recognition that it gives to my research, teaching and contribution to my profession. The election is not only a major personal distinction, it is also evidence of the excellence of the work of those who have worked in my laboratory and of the support of my colleagues, research collaborators and family. The award is confirmation of the excellent environment that University of Leicester provides for conducting pure and applied research.”

Sir Emyr Jones Parry, the Society’s President, said: “I am delighted to welcome such a wide range of outstanding individuals to the Fellowship this year. Each new Fellow is elected on the distinguished merit of their work. These new Fellows will help strengthen our capacity to support excellence across all areas of academic and public life, both in Wales and abroad.”

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